5/5 - Excellent
LeeNov 20, 2019
very good local bus
Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, feed wild monkeys and explore World Heritage-listed temples and shrines in this historically rich Japanese city.
Kyoto, on the Japanese island of Honshu, has been a hub of religious activity and political power since the eighth century. It was once the capital of Japan and retains many of the temples and palaces built within this period. Step back in time to imperial Japan as you explore the city’s many World Heritage Sites such as the Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto is also renowned for its landscaped gardens, many of which are based on designs dating back hundreds of years.
The wealth of cultural history in Kyoto can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Take the Philosopher’s Walk to orient yourself around some of Kyoto’s historic sights, such as the Eikando Temple. The walk takes in three major temples as well as several smaller temples and shrines, boutique shopping areas and restaurants where you can sample the traditional Japanese multicourse dinner, kaiseki. Cherry blossoms line the walk during spring, and in the fall, the area comes alive with the brilliant reds of maple trees.
Central Kyoto offers a combination of modern and traditional delights. Ride up the Kyoto Tower for a 360-degree view over the city from 330 feet (100 meters) up. Explore the Nishiki Market, lined with restaurants, and fresh produce and street food stalls. See giant salamanders and local river fish at the Kyoto Aquarium.
At one of the regular festivals held in the city, taste some of the food brought to Kyoto from all over Japan to please the Emperor, watch traditional crafts being made, take a lesson in saké brewing and experience the culture of Japan.
Lovers of Japanese literature will enjoy the 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa, built to resemble the fictional setting of the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji.
Tourism is a large part of Kyoto’s economy and there are some unique attractions such as hand feeding wild snow monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. Kyoto has a welcoming atmosphere, incredible natural beauty and layered history.
Enjoy the popular shops in Central Kyoto. Nijō Castle is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Nijojo-mae Station or Karasumaoike Station to see more of Kyoto.
Experience a traditional tea ceremony or a night of cultural entertainment within the historic wooden teahouses of this well-preserved Kyoto district.
Arashiyama is noteworthy for its river views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kyoto Arashiyama Orgel Museum and Bamboo Forest Street.
Karasuma is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. See more of Kyoto by jumping on the metro at Shijo Station or Karasumaoike Station.
If you're spending time in Karasumaoike, you might enjoy attractions like Kyoto International Manga Museum and Rokakkudo Temple. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's picturesque gardens before hopping on the metro at Karasumaoike Station to see more of the city.
You might enjoy the coffeehouses while in Nishijin. Doshisha University is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Imadegawa Station or Kuramaguchi Station to see more of the city.
Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019
Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019
Constructed entirely without nails and built on high poles, this temple is part of a World Heritage Site and offers visitors both beauty and history.
Learn more about the local history when you visit Kyoto Imperial Palace, a well-known historical site in Kyoto. Discover the top-notch restaurants and fascinating museums in this culturally-rich area.
Visit the world of the wealthy and powerful shogun, in this opulent 17th-century castle complex.
In a city known for its temples and other ancient relics, this observation point catches the eye as an example of 20th-century innovation.
This shrine at the base of Inari Mountain is dedicated to the goddess of rice and prosperity. See its thousands of red gates around a network of beautiful trails.
The To-ji Temple is one of the preeminent traditional sites in Kyoto, with exquisite structures, a flea market and the tallest pagoda in the country.
Discover the 3 World Heritage listed sites (Kiyomizu temple, Tenrryuji temple and Kinkakuji Temple) in Kyoto. Besides, we will visit 2 popular spots: Fushimi Inari Shrine and bamboo forest in Sagano. Please be intoxicated magnificent Japanese historical places.
Explore the must-see sights of history-rich Kyoto, including the spectacular Nijo Castle, eminent Kinkaku-ji, and grand Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, embark for Nara, home of pacific Nara Park and the famous temple of Todai-ji.
Take a journey through the wonders of ancient and modern Japan with a day trip that shows you the historic cities of Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. With destinations from the peaceful bamboo forest of Arashiyama to the lively Kobe Mosaic, you get a look at centuries' worth of culture.
Verified travelerNov 17, 2019
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